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first_img Briefs THE VIRGIL HAWKINS FLORIDA CHAPTER of the National Bar Association recently received the Affiliate Chapter of the Year Award from the NBA at its national convention in Orlando. NBA immediate past President Kim Keenan, center, presented the award to Hawkins Chapter President Benjamin Crump of Tallahassee, right, in recognition of VHFCNBA’s “outstanding service to the Florida community, its promotion of justice for the public good, its focus on restoration of citizen rights, and the sponsoring of various high school moot court scholarship competitions.” According to the NBA, the VHFCNBA has also served as a blueprint for the other affiliate NBA chapters nationwide. From its inception, the Florida chapter has made it a priority to have its members not only attend state meetings but also strives to have the greatest number of registrants at NBA conventions. Therefore, it was not a surprise when a record number of Florida lawyers joined Florida Bar President Alan Bookman in attending the 80th Annual NBA National Convention. Also pictured is Mavis Thompson, the NBA’s vice president of regions and affiliates. LINNES FINNEY, JR., center, of Ft. Pierce was recently elected president-elect of the National Bar Association at its 80th Annual Convention held in Orlando. Finney will be sworn in as the 64th NBA president at its 81st Annual Convention in August 2006 in Detroit. Finney is a partner with Gary, Williams, Parenti, Finney, Lewis, McManus, Watson & Sperando. He is past chair of The Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee and currently serves on the Trial Lawyers Section’s Executive Council. Finney also served on the judicial nominating commission for the Florida Supreme Court (1996-2000) and the 19th Judicial Circuit (1992-1996). Finney is a life member of the NAACP and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is a trustee of the United Way of St. Lucie County and received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award in 1992. Pictured is Finney being congratulated, from the left, by David Self, V. Lynn Whitfield, Ethel Isaacs-Williams, and Michael Lewis. THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR Young Lawyers Section recently distributed new school supplies to more than 250 children attending Palm Beach Public Elementary School. The YLS donated close to $4,000 worth of notebooks, binders, pencils, and everything in between for all of the students who were eligible for the federal breakfast and lunch aid program. In addition, supplies to last the entire school year were donated to the teachers. “It can cost parents as much as a $100 to get a student ready for the beginning of school, not including clothes or uniforms,” said Allison Kapner, a chair of the YLS project. “As attorneys, we think it’s important that we give back to our community and the students, teachers, and parents seem to really appreciate whatever we can give.” Pictured in the back from the left are YLS members Catherine Eaton, Jennifer DeSantis, John Whittles, Allison Kapner, Jason Guari, Theo Kypreos, and Grier Pressly. In the front from the left are students Jorge, third grade; Joselina, second grade; Brandon, third grade; and Katherine, fourth grade. PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR members will join thousands from around the world to participate in International Literacy Day September 8. More than 30 Palm Beach County attorneys and judges will spend the morning talking to students at the Adult Education Center in West Palm Beach about the importance of education and the legal system. “This is a great event for the students and our members,” said Cynthia Spall, PBCBA’s Lawyers for Literacy Committee chair. “We never have a hard time filling the classrooms with speakers as this is a rewarding opportunity for both the students and our members.” Pictured in the front from the left are Theodore Leopold, president of the Palm Beach County Bar; Chief Judge Kathleen Kroll; and Spall. In the back from the left are Judges Ronald Alvarez; Cory Ciklin; Debra Moses Stephens; and Peter Evans. The T.J. Reddick Bar names new board The T.J. Reddick Bar Association recently named its 2005-2006 executive board.At a July 8 meeting, Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes swore in T.J. Reddick officers Roshawn Banks, Veresa Jones Adams, Deana Holiday, Steven Taylor, Gregory Haile, Alfreda Coward, Kimberley Coward, and Christina Hathaway. Bar’s Education Law Committee to meet The Bar’s Education Law Committee will meet September 9 in Tampa in conjunction with the Bar’s General Meeting of Committees and Sections.The meeting will feature video hookups in Kendall, Ft. Lauderdale, and Jacksonville at the Nova Southeastern University sites—enabling committee members unable to attend in Tampa to participate via interactive television at those three additional locales.The meeting is open to all those interested in education law and provides CLE credits. briefs September 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

NASCAR at California: Jimmie Johnson says enforcing pit road speed in qualifying is ‘logical’

first_imgPrecise communication between drivers and spotters may be at an even bigger premium than it already is.”It’s a logical rule change,” seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson said Friday morning at Auto Club Speedway, site of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).QUALIFYING MADNESS: No final times count at Fontana; Austin Dillon awarded pole  “It’s just kind of weird timing, in my opinion. We’re packing our bags and getting ready to head to Fontana and we’re five races into the year and the rule comes. I’m like, ‘What? Why didn’t we start the year like this?’ Again, it’s a logical rule.”And Johnson already has come up with a solution to potential speeding when he’s trying to work the No. 48 Chevrolet into an advantageous qualifying position on the track.”It’s just going to be silly if you’re at the end of pit road trying to get into a hole, and your time isn’t going to count because you went over the speed limit,” Johnson said. “I think the way I’m going to prevent doing that is I’m going to go down past the last orange line (at the end of pit road) and sit.”Well, at Martinsville, you’re sitting on the race track. At different tracks, that line is at a different spot. Understanding the intentions of this rule is going to be beneficial for everybody, and we can adjust to it.”Johnson says he’ll also have to change his mindset, because there are clear reasons to try to push the speed limit on pit road during qualifying.”In most circumstances, the spotters are trying to put us into holes on the track, and you don’t want to impede somebody that’s on a run,” Johnson said. “So spotters have visual marks, the drivers are used to seeing something in the mirror, and when they’re told which car to follow, we start rolling off of pit road and try to get up to speed to fill that gap.”The other piece to it is that we need every foot of race track to get these cars up to speed to do our qualifying in one lap. So, if you can leave pit road as hard as you can, that also helps. You have those two elements that you’re trying to play.” Johnson is a six-time winner at Auto Club with an average finish of 7.2 at the track closest to his El Cajon, Calif., home. He earned the first of his 83 career victories at the two-mile track in 2002 and won most recently here in 2016, his record-tying seventh championship season.In qualifying trim, Johnson was fastest in opening Cup practice on Friday, posting a top speed of 179.386 mph on the first of his five laps in the session.Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. FONTANA, Calif. — With NASCAR announcing the enforcement of pit road speed limits during qualifying, a couple of things are certain: Pit road will be safer and less chaotic, and strategies will become more complicated.For one thing, drivers won’t be able to hustle down pit road to slot into a specific “hole” between cars trying to post qualifying laps. The new policy also is likely to discourage drivers from waiting until the absolute last moment to make a run.last_img read more

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